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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][1][(New York Times) U.S. Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Primer:][2] Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to "leverage the Internet" to find documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq's secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb. ... The campaign for the Web site was led by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Peter Hoekstra of Michigan. Last November, he and his Senate counterpart, Pat Roberts of Kansas, wrote to Mr. Negroponte, asking him to post the Iraqi material. The sheer volume of the documents, they argued, had overwhelmed the intelligence community.[(LA Times) Hollywood leans right, too:][3] Who says Hollywood only supports Democrats? As new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein. But in recent weeks, the site has posted some dthe two main parties battle it out for control of the House and the Senate in next week's election, the entertainment industry's political action committees have been working behind the scenes for months in Washington, giving far heftier contributions to, yes, Republicans. According to the latest campaign filings, 28 entertainment industry PACs - lobbying on behalf of corporations such as Sony, Time Warner, Disney and others - have donated nearly $4.8 million to candidates up for reelection this year. About 59% of the PAC money has gone to Republicans, including Sens. Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Pat Roberts of Kansas, according to Federal Elections Commission records and the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics (Opensecrets.org). ... As for Roberts, Feehery said: "He has a good relationship with [MPAA top executive] Dan Glickman."[(Washington Post) Iraq's Alleged Al-Qaeda Ties Were Disputed Before War:][4] A declassified report released yesterday by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence revealed that U.S. intelligence analysts were strongly disputing the alleged links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda while senior Bush administration officials were publicly asserting those links to justify invading Iraq. The report also said exiles from the Iraqi National Congress (INC) tried to influence U.S. policy by providing, through defectors, false information on Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons capabilities. After skeptical analysts warned that the group had been penetrated by hostile intelligence services, including Iran's, a 2002 White House directive ordered that U.S. funding for the INC be continued. ... Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) was emphatic this week that Iraqi exiles did not fundamentally shape the critical assessment of the Iraqi threat in the 2002 National Intelligence Estimate. But, as Snowe emphasized in her statement, the report concluded that information provided by an INC source was cited in that estimate and in Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's February 2003 speech to the United Nations as corroborating evidence about Iraq's mobile biological weapons program. Sen. Sam Brownback (R) ![][5][(Christian Today) Purpose Driven Author to Mobilise Churches Worldwide Against AIDS:][6] Pastor Rick Warren of Purpose Driven fame and his wife Kay will host the second annual Global Summit on AIDS & the Church from 30 November to 1 December at their Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. The summit will be held in conjunction with the Purpose Driven Network and coincides with World AIDS Day on 1 December. An impressive roster of speakers and special guests are already lined up to attend the two-day summit including US Senators Barack Obama and Sam Brownback and US Ambassador Mark Dybul, the Global AIDS Coordinator and highest-ranking AIDS official in the nation.[(Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune) Senate campaign tours headed this way:][7] Democratic U.S. Senate challenger Jon Tester's "Countdown to Change" tour will hit Great Falls today. Incumbent Republican Conrad Burns' "Spring to Victory" won't arrive until Saturday, but Burns will have a surrogate, U.S. Senate colleague Sam Brownback from Kansas, here today. Both candidates will crisscross the state to energize supporters in what's expected to be a close election race Tuesday. ... "Sen. Brownback understands the importance of effectiveness, experience and seniority in a smaller rural state," said Burns spokeswoman Sarah Pompei.[(Yahoo! News video) Sen. Sam Brownback responds:][8] We received over 800 questions and comments for Sen. Sam Brownback (news, bio, voting record). Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and to the senator for responding. Sen. Brownback was interviewed by Talk to Power producer Ilyse Veron. He was filmed in his office in Topeka, Kan. Yahoo! readers wanted to know about many different topics, including Sen. Brownback's religion and how it affects his policy, his stance on stem cell research, and the upcoming elections. [1]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [2]: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/03/world/middleeast/03documents.html [3]: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/cl-et-cause3nov03,1,4337169.story?coll=la-headlines-entnews&track=crosspromo [4]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/08/AR2006090800777.html [5]: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/thumb/c/c8/Sam_Brownback.jpg/150px-Sam_Brownback.jpg [6]: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/purpose.driven.author.to.mobilise.churches.worldwide.against.aids/8195.htm [7]: http://www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061103/NEWS01/611030317/1002 [8]: http://news.yahoo.com/s/judy_woodruff/20061103/judy_woodruff/j_woodruff11652

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Jamesaust 7 years, 5 months ago

And who's idea was it to put the documents on the Internet? Our own Pat Roberts. "Last November, he and his Senate counterpart, Pat Roberts of Kansas, wrote to Mr. Negroponte, asking him to post the Iraqi material."

Its okay though. The excuse is that there were just too many documents to be vetted by the intelligence staff. After all, there are only so many non-gay Arabic linguists out there.

Meanwhile, for reasons no one can seem to explain, the auditor's office in Iraq - the one documenting shoddy or non-existent construction done by Halliburton, documenting missing billions in cash, documenting how untraceable weapons have been handed out like candy in Iraq - will be de-funded under the recently passed Military Appropriations bill.

A candid evaluation of affairs in Iraq is mistakenly released from the Pentagon (oops) that seems to contradict the public pronouncement of the VP that things are going "remarkably well" in Iraq by careful documentation of the weekly descent towards hell as "violence at an all time high, speading geographically."

And, on a day when 56 bullet-ridden bodies have been discovered in Baghdad (Yawn), the U.S. military has been ordered to leave a kidnapped U.S. servicemen behind (presumptively somewhere in the city, if still alive).

Is there a point at which reality will dawn in the minds of those who plan to descend on the Expocentre in Topeka to worship Jesus - I mean W - that incompetence is a core characteristic of this Administration?

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rhd99 7 years, 5 months ago

BrianR, Conrad Burns is just as bad as Montgomery Burns from the "Simpsons". Only CONRAD'S name is synonomous with Jack booted THUG ABRAMOFF. Burns on the Simpsons is creepy, so again can the GOP in the Congress be as well.

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BrianR 7 years, 5 months ago

Splendid idea. Simply brill.

Honestly, when I first read the part about Conrad Burns the image that came to mind was the evil Mongomery Burns from the Simpsons. I'm glad it's not him.

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aeroscout17 7 years, 5 months ago

Holy crap; I didn't like Brownback before and now he is supporting Conrad Burns? I will vote against him for sure. Burns is a crook; I know as I am from Montana. Just google his name and look at all the crap Burns has been involved in the last few years.

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Ragingbear 7 years, 5 months ago

Just exactly how stupid do you have to be to post nuclear secrets on the Internet?

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